Comments on: The Broken Economics of Diablo 3’s Auction House The Gaming Stack Exchange Blog Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:18:24 +0000 hourly 1 By: ÖrkkiPiru Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:49:59 +0000 The original topic covered perhaps the very beginning of AH at low level point of view.

Today 17.8.2012 the situation is totally different. There are gazillion level 60 guys and honestly the only items that really matter in the end are the high level items. However, not just any high level items but those that have top 1% stats. The gap in prices between ok and very good item is growing everyday and the top item prices are measured in TENS OF MILLIONS OF gold, while the mid level items you can buy with few thousands of golds.

The gold is rapidly losing it’s purchase power because gold is everywhere but good items are not.

I predict that in the (near) future AH loses it’s meaning as you cannot buy any improvements with gold (or the prices are beyond anything one can get via normal gameplay).

We then go to the same trading, item to item, as was in Diablo II — currency could be fiery brimstone etc (a bit like Stone of Jordan was in Diablo II)

Only by having commonly wanted crafting materials in piles or owning some really good items one can protect oneself from the inflation of gold prices of items. Whilst, at the same time, the OK items will be very cheap to buy, so basically getting a drop IN GAME that matters is a very seldom occurance indeed. Perhaps one in 100 items is worth anything else but the vendor value and every 10000 item is something you could actually use. If I get one item in 5 runs worht even putting for sale in AH, I can consider myself being lucky.

I personally do not use one single item I have found myself. All items I have now are worth (nowadays) tens of millions of gold pieces and I seldom have more than 10 million gold on my account, so basically It’s impossible to find impovements through AH and even more impossible to find improvement by finding an item. Only way probably would be by item swapping. I could give my amulet in exhange of another kickass amulet with properties more suited to me. Or if I get kickass drop that is not good for me, trade it directly to some other item. AH fee of 15% at prices around 100mil are bloody ripoff. Also if I convert 100 million to RMAH prices it’s 250€, a price I would never ever ever pay for anything for Diablo III

Another issue is bying gold from RMAH… that is no longer (if it ever was) smart idea… for 20€ you get 8 mil gold but with 8 mil gold you get just crap if you are even a bit advanced in the game after reaching level 60.

By: BunjiquoBianco Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:56:17 +0000 I think the biggest broken economic is the slice Blizzard are taking on the real money auction house (RMAH). My currency is GBP and Blizzard will take £1 for every transaction through the RMAH. The enormous oversight here is that a vast portion of players aren’t going to spend £40, £50 and I’ve even seen £200 lists for items. I am one of those players. I love the game, yes, but no way am I serious enough to spend this kind of money on a single item. In my opinion it’s insane! What they have completely missed is the casual purchaser. I’d probably pay <£1 every now and again for an OK item to boost me a little bit – I don’t need perfection in my items. But, the £1 fee removes all possibility to list at sub £1 prices and therefore both Blizzard and I miss out.

I also think legendary item prices are stupidly high given that most of them are pretty paltry. I sold mine for ~10k a piece buyout. What else are they going to do? Take up inventroy space… That’s what.

By: Arindel Fri, 08 Jun 2012 21:41:59 +0000 I’d say the author needs to take a look now. Basically all the items have gone the other way and prices have been driven way up. I’d say the gold farmers are probably cause for a good percetage of this as it makes thier lives easier and there’s no penalty (other than the 10 items on sale at a time limit) for not making a sale.

either way you need millions of in game gold to help with Inferno, but you need to make it through inferno to get the millions of gold. Though probably making it through hell mode and then gearing for gold drop would produce droipped gold, but nothing compares decent items

By: peacedog Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:06:29 +0000 Wonderfully polished? You need to be able to filter on more than 3 enchants and min buyout but mysteriously can’t. DPS sorting is somewhat broken. It would be nice to be able to do multi-column sorts. I would call it an incomplete implementation and leave it at that.

Anecdotally – except that this should apply roughly to everyone in North America since it;s a region-wide auction house – I had no problem gearing my character all the way into Inferno. I made a few mistakes a long the way – you should rarely play more than 10k for a weapon and I once paid 90k (I should have ignored all stats save DPS). That may be different for non-sorceresses, granted. At a 10k buyout you can’t get ideal gear for every slot but you can keep increasing your DPS and survivability. I was able to snag a few cheap upgrades in Inferno to bump my DPS from 11k or so to just under 17k.

By: Axie Sun, 27 May 2012 00:08:39 +0000 +1 to what lolwut said.

]]> By: bob Fri, 25 May 2012 23:56:49 +0000 The ah is rediculous. There are items for 15 million on there. Granted thats not alot since I can farm act 1 inferno and make 250k in an hour but still.

]]> By: Kettlebelly Tue, 22 May 2012 23:18:21 +0000 You have got the target right, but you missed the overall issue.

]]> By: Allan Mon, 21 May 2012 03:07:42 +0000 Most of this is good, but supply is limited by the fact that there are only 10 items that each account can place on the AH at a time. But even if this limits supply, it encourages players to price their items even lower to guarantee that someone will buy it out soon so it doesn’t take up a precious slot. Items must be listed for 2 days, so if you price 10 things too high, then you lose the ability to sell any more items until they go off the market.

]]> By: Casey Sun, 20 May 2012 17:24:02 +0000 I find until you reach about lvl 50 you can get some killer gear through the AH by setting your max buyout to about 10k… I often sell things i bought on the AH for the same price after i’ve used and upgraded to new gear. After lvl 50 you better be prepared for Hell/Inferno and $100,000 items!

]]> By: lolwut Sun, 20 May 2012 12:04:51 +0000 You’re kidding right? You CAN filter down to a single equipment type and then being able to filter by preferred stats ontop fo that is beyond wonderful.

This whole article is on the verge of laughable. The example is an terrible shield’s stats that noone looking for a shield would even want. Ontop of that it’s such a low level item that it’s replaced in 2 hours and frankly not worth even selling on the AH. I mean seriously, Did you expect to break the bank buying that or to make a fortune selling it? It’s a piece of £^&%. If you look at the auction house for anything that is actually useful you’ll soon realise that everything is currently overpriced by people who are playing the market and buying out anything cheap ot resell if it’s stats are favourable. As a demon hunter i want anything with high Dex and Vit. Take a look at gear with over 50 of each. Just look.

When i was leveling and saving most of my money i could barely afford a single upgrade from the auction house because of how high the pricing was compared to how much i’ve actually gained while playing.